Explore the Ricardo Brennand Institute during this 5-hour tour in Recife. Follow an audio guide through the world-class art collection, including one of the world's largest weapons collections and a significant number of Frans Prost paintings. Continue to the Oficina Francisco Brennand to see a collection of a native Brazilian contemporary sculptor, with an additional visit to the Park of Sculptures to see more of the artist's work. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from select Recife hotels are included.
5-hour tour of Recife's museums and sculpture parks
Following pickup at select Recife hotels, set out on your 5-hour exploration of the city's most important art museums. Your small-group tour, limited to 15 people or fewer, ensures personalized attention from your guide and an intimate atmosphere.
Head for Oficina Frennand, where you will spend an hour viewing the artist's work; pieces are for sale.
Continue to the Institute Brennand, where you'll pick up your audio guide and spend the next 2 hours exploring the collection of paintings and weapons. Feel free to stop by the museum shop or the cafe for a snack or coffee (own expense).
Transfer to the Park of Sculptures (Parque das Esculturas) to view even of Francisco Brennand's work in an alfresco gallery before hotel drop-off at the end of your tour.
We are no really into modern art that much, so the first part of the day Francisco Brennand was pretty much wasted on us. However, his studio is on the grounds of a lovely estate and housed in an old clay tile factory. It was great to see the old buildings adapted and re-used to create an open, flowing studio, rather tan be torn down. The second part of the day Ricardo Brennand was all about European art and area history--LOVED it!! Apparently the man was such a passionate collector of European artifacts, he felt the need to build a castle to house it, then a second for his swords, knives and armor. Then some outbuildings in the same style, for admin, restaurant and events. The big castle has documents and books from the founding of the city of Recife, art from dissolved monasteries and beautiful statuary. It is an amazing complex!! Our only complaint was the 90-mins we were allotted was not nearly enough time!!.
The tour ended up being just as the description described. We started off in the park of statues, then went over to the Oficina Francisco Brennand. His artwork is very unique and there are quite a few statues and monuments and paintings and drawings to view. We finished up at the Ricardo Brennand Institute which is amazing in its own right. 3 buildings full of his collections of artwork, sculptures, knives, guns, armor and so much more. The tour guide was very helpful and knowledgable. The van was comfortable. Overall a great experience.